Prioritizing Possibilities for Early and Lifelong Health in Research, Policy, and Practice

Since 1996, the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative has led and collaborated to keep the focus on children, youth, and families in policy, practice, and systems change to promote the early and lifelong health and well-being of children, youth, families, and communities. 

Meet Our Team  


To promote the early and lifelong health of children, youth, and families through the translation of the science of healthy child development and thriving into public health and health services research, policy, and practice.


Equity and positive health development for all children, youth, families, and communities; child, youth, and family partnership and engagement at all levels; translation of science, data, and evidence into policy and practice; and cross-sector collaboration and innovation to achieve culture and systems change.


The CAHMI collaborates to define transformation goals for the health and well-being of children, youth, and families to discern and develop actionable data and tools that inspire and inform transformational partnerships at the national, state, and local level to achieve child, youth, and family health and well-being.


We take a highly collaborative approach to achieve our mission. CAHMI cultivates relationships and partners with many of the nation's leading child and family experts and family organizations, national and state public health and health care systems, researchers, and communities. We promote partnerships that put children, youth, and families at the center of health, health care, and public health performance measurement and improvement.

Meet our Partners


Dr. Christina Bethell

"I would love to live like the river flows, unafraid of its own unfolding." - John O'Donahue

Dr. Christina D. Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH

Professor and Center Director

Dr. Bethell is a Professor at Johns Hopkins University in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she serves as the founding director of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative and the National Maternal and Child Health Data Resource Initiative. Since 1996, Dr. Bethell has shaped the conversation and developed methods and frameworks to enable the first-ever and ongoing availability of national, state, local, health system and clinical level family-centered data to promote the early and lifelong health of children, families and communities. She works to promote data driven and relationship and healing centered approaches to establish policies and practices that advance positive health outcomes for children, families and communities. This includes research to develop the Cycle of Engagement model and tools, which engage families to improve well child care services and shared care planning for children with special health care needs (CSHCN). Dr Bethell is an avid student of human potential for flourishing amid adversity and is dedicated to the implementation of the collaboratively developed Prioritizing Possibilities a collaboratively developed national agenda to address childhood trauma and promote a new science of thriving in research, advocacy, teaching and practice. She writes poetry, dances and believes that attuned connection with our selves, life and others is the source of our creativity and joy.

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Naraa Gombojav, PhD, MD

Assistant Scientist
Andrew Sherwood

Andrew Sherwood, MS

Research Data Analyst
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Paige Endsley Hrivnak, MPH

Research Program Manager

Scott Stumbo, MA

Research Program Manager
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Mary Wahl, MPH

Research Program Manager
Rebecca Zavala

Rebecca Zavala

Research Assistant
Mahgul Mansoor

Mahgul Mansoor

Research Assistant

The CAHMI is also supported by our indispensable team of part-time students and interns!
 Aastha Kapadia, Andrea Garrido, Anna Levashkevich, Christiana Liu, Divya Konduru, Geethika Koneru, Kathy Yella, Kelly Xie, Krista Woodward,
Leslie Ponce, Melissa Soto, Nishta Modi, Oyujin Damdinsuren, Shoshana Oppenheim, Shriya Jain, Ximena Flores




Since 1996, CAHMI has enjoyed a close partnership with Family Voices, pediatric health care providers, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Children's Hospital Association, the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and state health agencies. Over the years, the CAHMI has been supported by numerous public and private sector funding agencies, including: 

  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • The Commonwealth Fund
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
  • The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health (LPFCH)
  • The California Endowment (TCF)
  • Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • National Help Me Grown Center (HMG)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • American Board of Pediatrics (ABP)
  • National Help Me Grown Center (HMG)
  • Children’s Hospital Association (CHA)
  • Family Voices (FV)
  • State Medicaid agencies
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Currently (2020-2023) we hold grants to advance our core work from MCHB, RWJF, TCF, and NIH.